Current Projects

Tiffany "Peace" Window:

The launch of the 1903 Tiffany “Peace” window restoration project is almost finished just the adding plaster and paint to finish. Thanks to 177 donors, this multi-phase project, costing over $312,000 officially began in June 2017 with Venturella Studio of New York City removing the window and transporting it to New York. There, the window’s glass and lead caming was cleaned, repaired and restored to its 1903 brilliance.The conservation treatment which involveed a number of conservators here in Chicago as well as Venturella Studio took a year to complete. 

The Peace Window is one of nine in the church designed by the firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany and contains more than a thousand pieces of glass while standing over 16 feet high and 8 feet wide.  The window was donated to the church in 1903 and is based on a 13th century European design. It includes a depiction of an angel holding a banner displaying the word “Peace,” from which the window derives its name. 

The window will be ready for viewing beginning August 1st. For the next three weeks work will be done by Neal Vogel of Restoric LLC.  Bulley Andrews Masonry will provide the necessary repair work on the exterior masonry.  Kelly Plastering will repair the interior plaster in the “Peace” window bay and Celtic Painting will then repaint the bay walls according to Shaw’s original color palette. 

 Restoration Work of the Peace Window at Venturella Studio

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Working on Section "C" and releaded

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Working with Section "G" and checking leading before glass goes back in.

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Peace Angel, Panel "H" before and after restoration.

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Hope Angel, Panel "B" a before and after restoration.

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Accumulated dirt on the Peace angel's face before cleaning and after.

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The Consolation angel's face cleaned, in-painted, and the final appearance.